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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center (IEC) helps connect emerging clean energy businesses with the financial community, NREL technical expertise and facilities, and the broader clean energy ecosystem.
This website serves as the application and data-collection portal for the following programs, which are administered by the IEC.
Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2)
The Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) is a technology incubator and platform funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by NREL. IN2 helps speed the path to market for early-stage clean energy and agriculture technologies by providing funding and technical assistance that leverages the capabilities, facilities, equipment, and deep expertise at NREL and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (Danforth Center).
Shell Gamechanger Powered by NREL (GCxN)
The Shell GameChanger Accelerator™ Powered by NREL (GCxN) provides promising cleantech start-ups with access to financial resources, state-of-the-art facilities, and world-class technical experts.
Chevron Studio is a one-of-a-kind program designed to help entrepreneurs build companies by linking them with world-class, early-stage technologies developed at national labs and universities. The program provides assistance to entrepreneurs to help them scale-up and commercialize these technologies.
West GateThe West Gate Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Program offers promising entrepreneurs a career-changing opportunity to access NREL's expertise and capabilities to speed the development of their startup's core technologies.
Energy I-Corps pairs teams of national laboratory researchers with industry mentors. The teams embark on an intensive two-month training program where the researchers define technology value propositions, conduct customer discovery interviews, and develop viable market pathways for their technologies.
The NREL Industry Growth Forum's (IGF) mission is to foster a collaborative community of thought leaders and build relationships between NREL experts, cleantech startups, investors, accelerators, incubators, and other cleantech industry leaders to showcase and explore innovative technologies and disruptive business solutions. The Forum spurs technology to market through increased funding opportunities, mentorship, networking opportunities, and investor to entrepreneur interaction.